Grove Collective is pleased to present the upcoming two-artist exhibition Convergence and Collapse, featuring London-based artists Julia Bennett and Sunyoung Hwang, on view at Grove Collective’s Battersea space, as well as online in virtual reality through the Grove Collective website. This is the first time that these artists have exhibited together, and marks the first time that Grove Collective has worked with either artist.
Considering Bennett and Hwang’s practices together, the eye can at once confirm self-evident truths while it belies false tautologies: a shared pursuit of immersive, gyral abstractions reveals like themes, though one would be incorrect to assume that these themes stem from a common source. Bennett, a recent arrival to London from America’s Pacific Northwest, utilises both painting and sculpture to probe the processes of creation and erasure throughout the Anthropocene – the balancing of instinct with socialisation, and our unique senses of self with the ever-changing needs of the contemporary moment. As such, Bennett’s work forcefully invokes the collective, asserting in her works a universal need to reassess, reinvent, and repeat.
In turn, Sunyoung Hwang’s practice uses interiority as the foundation for an abstract diffusion that at once consumes and confounds. Using a spontaneous, stream-of-consciousness method of composition, Hwang overlaps the emotional and reflective with intuitive conceptions of time and space, eschewing preordained logics to better access a personal sense of procedure, leaving process as valuable as the final product. However, this necessarily dictates a kind of remainder in the finished work; the expansiveness of thought and feeling rails against the finitude of the canvas, with each completed piece the product of a hard-earned detente with the self, not a declarative finality. As such, the conversation between artist and medium collapses, only to be picked up in the next work.
Convergence and Collapse expands upon Grove Collective’s work with abstraction, while it inaugurates their work with sculpture in earnest, melding past and present interests. Indeed, while Bennett and Hwang’s work concerns themes and methodologies that fit firmly within the gallery’s areas of focus, this exhibition explores issues of scale and inter-medial dialogue that present new curatorial challenges for Co-Directors Jacob Barnes and Morgane Wagner. Using this exhibition as a foundation, the hope is to expand this work across media and scale into the future.